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The sight of a cockroach in your kitchen or favorite restaurant can be enough to ruin any appetite. Roaches are a big problem in Virginia and Maryland, where the moisture creates an ideal living situation for these pests.
Cockroaches only live for around 12 to 18 months but multiply rapidly, which makes roach infestations hard to eliminate. Mature females can lay egg cases every nine days, with around 14 embryos per egg case. In other words, a single female cockroach can produce 565+ roaches per year.
The four most common roach species found in our area are the American cockroach, German cockroach, oriental cockroach and banded cockroach.
The largest house-infesting roach in North America, the American cockroach isn’t actually from America. Evidence suggests they were brought here from Africa accidentally in the early 1600s. They are usually reddish-brown with a yellow band surrounding the area just behind their heads. Adults can grow larger than two inches in length, and have wings they can use to fly very short distances. They prefer warm, damp areas, and prefer to live outdoors in flower beds and under mulch.
Despite their name, German cockroaches are the most common species of cockroach in the United States. Adults are smaller than their American counterparts, reaching anywhere from 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch in length. However, this means they can squeeze into even smaller spaces, some as small as 3/8 of an inch in width. German cockroaches are a light-brown, almost tan color, with two dark parallel stripes just behind their heads. They are almost always found indoors.
Sometimes called “waterbugs” because they are often seen emerging from drains and sewer lines, oriental cockroaches are serious threats for spreading disease and contamination. Adults can grow to about an inch in length and are a shiny black color. These roaches can emit a strong, unpleasant odor when disturbed. They will eat virtually anything, including trash and decaying organic matter, which leads them to congregate under sinks, inside drains, and near areas with leaky plumbing.
These roaches get their name from the two bands of light brown coloration that crisscross their dark-brown bodies. Banded cockroaches are typically pretty small – only around 1/2 of an inch – but males have overdeveloped wings that allow them to fly. They will seek out warm areas of your home or business in order to survive, and often gain access through infested furniture, electronics, or food products. Banded cockroaches have been known to spread harmful bacteria that can cause intestinal issues, as well as trigger asthma and allergies.
If you see even one roach in your home or business, odds are you have a roach problem. Roaches typically prefer kitchen areas, which are damp and provide an ample food supply. Roaches will eat just about any organic matter including food, leather, paper (including cardboard), and pet food. Roaches are also detectable by their foul odor. Many pest control professionals can smell roach infestations before they actually see any roaches.
Wherever you see a roach, many more roaches are usually hiding nearby. Roaches like to hide in cabinets, pantries, and even inside of electronics like computers and televisions. They are mostly nocturnal. In fact, if you see roaches during the day it may be due to overcrowded conditions inside your walls or other hiding areas.
Getting rid of cockroaches with do-it-yourself treatments is nearly impossible and can be dangerous. Many over-the-counter chemicals including boric acid and some roach sprays are toxic to children and pets, and pinpointing where to place the treatments can be difficult. A pest control professional will know exactly where to place the treatments and which treatments to use in your unique situation to reduce risks to your family or customers.
Connor’s uses only environmentally responsible treatments and works with you to prevent future infestations through smart and sustainable exclusion strategies. To fight roaches and their offspring all year long, we offer year-round monitoring and protection against roaches and up to 32 other pests native to the Washington, DC area. Or, choose a one-time service to treat the roaches you have today. Whether you choose a one-time service or year-round control, we will eliminate your roach problem. Guaranteed.
To schedule your free, no-obligation cockroach inspection, call us at (703) 321-0400 or schedule online today.